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A fantasized look at Saturday's NHL action.
The words "it's about time" echoed through the Fantasy Hockey land yesterday as Alex Ovechkin put up a hat trick against the Devils. It was his first hat trick in over two years, which, even when you consider his recent struggles, is hard to believe. His line of 3+1=4, 2 PPP, 7 shots, 5 hits, and plus-2 nets him the fantasy line of the day.
Mike Ribeiro is quietly enjoying quite a season as he had two assists yesterday. He's up to 21 points (tied for 9th in the league) in 17 games. He's been a fountain of consistant production this season as he's only failed to put up points in just four games.
Brayden Schenn will be sad to see February go this week as he's been one of the most productive players on the month. After going 2+1=3 with 2 PPP yesterday, he has 6+9=15 in 13 games.
Olli Jokinen had a point for the first time in 10 games. After scoring the goal, he mimed taking a monkey off of his back. I thought that was pretty funny which is the only reason I'm mentioning him here.
Three more assists for Jakub Voracek and his hot streak is reaching ridiculous levels. He's pulled himself into 7th in the league in points with 22 and he has a five game point scoring streak of 4+8=12.
Evander Kane has points in six straight after he scored a goal yesterday. He was feeling saucy and even added 9 PIM to your team's total. He says your welcome.
Colin Greening with a three point night as he had 1+2=3 and plus-3. He's got a three game point scoring streak with 2+3=5. Maybe he isn't useless without Spezza in the lineup.
Mika Zibanejad has goals in two straight games after he scored a goal and added an assist last night. He also handed out 5 hits in the game. With all the injuries in Ottawa, he's getting a real shot right now and responding well.
Evgeni Nabokov posted a 35-save shutout last night and he's played well recently winning four out of the last five games. Too bad that one game he lost was one where he allowed 7 goals.
Two assists for Matt Moulson and he's another player who's somewhat surprisingly, in the top 10 in scoring. He's put up 5+6=11, 8 PPP, and 35 shots in the last 7 games.
Steven Stamkos pulled himself into the league lead in points (26) after his goal and assist last night. He's got 5+4=9 over a four game point scoring streak.
Big night for Jimmy Howard as he made 33 saves for his first shutout on this shortened season. He's been up and down all season but there's reason for optimism now.
Niklas Kronwall had a 3-point night to break his skid of five straight without a point. He went 1+2=3, with 2 PIM, 3 shots, 3 blocks, and plus-2. What a dreamy performance.
Your second Gordie Howe hat trick of the night goes to Jamie Benn as he put up 1+1=2, 5 PIM, and 3 shots. The fight was a great scrap, too, with Joe Thornton. Took their helmets off and everything. Check out the video here. Benn has been great lately with 6+6=12 over his last nine.
Chris Stewart's resurgence continued as he scored a goal last night and chipped in 4 PIM. He has 3+6=9 over his last eight.
Matt Stajan scored two goals including the game winner while leading Flames forwards with a whopping 22:45 of ice time. He's not as bad as his stat line showed last season. Deep leaguers, take notice of all that ice time.
Ryane Clowe was suspended for leaving the bench to go after Andrew Shaw but no word on the definite length. He has an in-person meeting with Shannaban tomorrow. This will be at least two games but I've heard it could be as many as 10. Sufficed to say, don't dress him this week.